Citizens of Hagerstown

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Started 4 petitions

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Petitioning Gary N. Hoipkemier

Abolish Mail Call and Report Fairly on Hagerstown

For far too long the Herald Mail Newspaper has been giving Hagerstown Maryland a bad name by publishing the most thoughtless ramblings of the worst of our citizens. It seems to almost be a joke at what "Mail Call" selections are chosen for publishing and seriously hurts the credibility of the Herald Mail paper by seeming more interested in the profits of making fun of our town, then reporting actual news. The "Mail Call" section would be an embarrassment for the founders of the Herald-Mail and should be an embarrassment to the Schurz Communications Company. Not only is sharing the racist, sexist, hate filled calls socially irresponsible, it also promotes discord and arguing amongst residents. Respectable newspapers would never publish something like this. Real papers have Letters to the Editor for the public's voice to be heard, which requires actual thought to be published.  "Mail Call" is so much a joke it actually has a very popular video blog which makes fun of "Mail Call" and has been for over two years. Most recently Steve Shives of the blog "Riffing on Mail Call", makes the statement businesses read the "Mail Call" articles and decide against opening here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QozJo0oLBoE&t=7m25s  "Mail Call" continues to give our town a stigma of being full of illiterate bigots and violent crime when the exact opposite is true. This is a charming town, full of history, with relatively low violent crimes per capita. Hagerstown is full of intelligent, diverse, thoughtful people who are trying to better our town despite the Herald Mail's best efforts.  

Citizens of Hagerstown
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Petitioning City Council of Hagerstown

Fine Landlords Each Time the Police Respond to Rentals for Drug Activity

We, the citizens of Hagerstown, are fed up with landlords allowing their properties to be drug dens. We are also tired of our tax dollars going towards paying for the multiple times the police respond to these houses. Criminals who are released from the MCI Prison System easily find an apartment in Hagerstown due to lax landlords that don't care who they rent to as long as they get their rent money! Landlords need to be hit where it hurts to stop this negligence. Unlike citizens and homeowners who are trying to make Hagerstown a safer place, these landlords are trying to make money. They need to be held responsible for renting to criminals and allowing our streets to become unsafe. If drugs are found at the residence, fine the landlord:Fine them $250 for each time the police respond to their rental for: Drug PossessionsDrug Related Overdoses Fine them $1,000 for each time the police respond to their rental for: Drug Dealing Drug Related Assaults Fine them $2,000 for each time the police respond to their rental for: Drug Trafficking Gang ViolenceDrug Related Homicide Homes located near these drug dens see an increase of burglaries, thefts, homicides, and assaults. Landlords who allow these criminals in to our neighborhood should be held liable! Fine them for each drug related police response and watch how fast they start doing background checks, installing security cameras and making our neighborhoods a safer place. The proceeds from these fines should go to crime prevention.There could be exceptions for properties that adhere to the Hagerstown Crime Free Multi-Housing Program or landlords who can show a proper background check was performed on the tenant. 

Citizens of Hagerstown
38 supporters